Mexico’s director of criminal investigations, responsible for overseeing the Ayotzinapa case, resigned Wednesday shortly after a new independent study debunked the government narrative on the disappearance of the 43 student teachers.
During his tenure as director of the Agency of Criminal Investigations, Tomas Zeron de Lucio worked on several controversial cases, Ayotzinapa being the most famous.
Forty-three teacher-trainee students at the Ayotzinapa school disappeared on Sept. 26, 2014 while en route from the violence-plagued state of Guerrero to Mexico City.
The government’s official version of events asserts that local police apprehended the students, who had commandeered a bus to travel to a protest, and handed them over to a gang known as Guerreros Unidos, who authorities claim killed the students and burned their bodies in a garbage dump nearly 20 miles south of the town of Iguala.
Their remains, the government contends, were later dumped in the San Juan River near the town of Cocula.
Forensic evidence, fire investigations, and satellite images, however, have repeatedly cast doubt on the government’s claims.
The attorney general will investigate Zeron de Lucio’s investigation of the events, the government said Wednesday. Zeron de Lucio had previously refused to resign, as was demanded by Ayotzinapa organizers, sticking with his defense that he adhered to protocol.